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I picked mostly the wrong A-level subjects for my desired career

I've realised towards almost the end of year 1 of college that I'm really interested in psychiatry, and would like to pursue it. I know this requires medical school, however, but I currently study psychology, biology, and philosophy when I should be studying chemistry instead of philosophy, and possibly maths instead of psychology. I'd happily drop philosophy, but I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to, and if I was, would I be able to start chemistry next year, and would it be an AS level? I enjoy psychology too much to drop it, and I know I'd hate doing maths. I'm not really sure where to go from here, so any advice would be appreciated. I'd also be happy to take a gap year if necessary.
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Reply 1
Original post by ivvs28
I've realised towards almost the end of year 1 of college that I'm really interested in psychiatry, and would like to pursue it. I know this requires medical school, however, but I currently study psychology, biology, and philosophy when I should be studying chemistry instead of philosophy, and possibly maths instead of psychology. I'd happily drop philosophy, but I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to, and if I was, would I be able to start chemistry next year, and would it be an AS level? I enjoy psychology too much to drop it, and I know I'd hate doing maths. I'm not really sure where to go from here, so any advice would be appreciated. I'd also be happy to take a gap year if necessary.


I’m pretty sure there are lots of unis that will be happy with that combination, I know Newcastle definitely would be and Manchester has a course for people with the “wrong” a levels as well, but I’m sure there are plenty more! Go on the uni websites and check the entry requirements; they’ll say something like “AAA including two sciences and any other a level” in which case yours wouldn’t work, but some might say something like “AAA in biology and any two other subjects”. (For Newcastle and Manchester u can have any a levels as long as they’re AAA). There’s definitely options out there for you! Do your research and see where you can apply but there are many medical schools in the country so I’m sure you’ll qualify for a few. Good luck 🫶🏻
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Original post by raya2003
I’m pretty sure there are lots of unis that will be happy with that combination, I know Newcastle definitely would be and Manchester has a course for people with the “wrong” a levels as well, but I’m sure there are plenty more! Go on the uni websites and check the entry requirements; they’ll say something like “AAA including two sciences and any other a level” in which case yours wouldn’t work, but some might say something like “AAA in biology and any two other subjects”. (For Newcastle and Manchester u can have any a levels as long as they’re AAA). There’s definitely options out there for you! Do your research and see where you can apply but there are many medical schools in the country so I’m sure you’ll qualify for a few. Good luck 🫶🏻

I'll do some research on those universities, thank you!
Reply 3
Original post by ivvs28
I've realised towards almost the end of year 1 of college that I'm really interested in psychiatry, and would like to pursue it. I know this requires medical school, however, but I currently study psychology, biology, and philosophy when I should be studying chemistry instead of philosophy, and possibly maths instead of psychology. I'd happily drop philosophy, but I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to, and if I was, would I be able to start chemistry next year, and would it be an AS level? I enjoy psychology too much to drop it, and I know I'd hate doing maths. I'm not really sure where to go from here, so any advice would be appreciated. I'd also be happy to take a gap year if necessary.

With your current A levels you can apply to
Manchester, Sheffield, Kent and Medway, Leicester, Keele, Lancaster, Newcastle, UEA, Southampton and Plymouth.

If you are unsuccessful at first application, you can then study chemistry during a gap year, meaning there will be more options open to you
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Original post by GANFYD
With your current A levels you can apply to
Manchester, Sheffield, Kent and Medway, Leicester, Keele, Lancaster, Newcastle, UEA, Southampton and Plymouth.
If you are unsuccessful at first application, you can then study chemistry during a gap year, meaning there will be more options open to you

Thank you, I appreciate the help!

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